Macedonian and European champions Vardar beat Ukrainian Motor Zaporozhye 31:30 in a dramatic EHF Champions League game.
Playing at home, the Ukrainian team was a tough nut to crack, and managed to get a solid lead early in the first half, as the Ukrainians had no trouble finding the net. Cupic and Kalarash managed to turn the game around in the second half, bringing Vardar the lead, but Kireev on the Motor goal helped keep the Ukrainians in play.
The match came down to the wire. Gedban made a key save for Vardar in the final minutes as the result was 30:30, and Kristopans was on target with 90 seconds to go.
The dramatic finish saw Skube miss an easy opportunity to secure the win for Vardar. Motor scored from far afield, but the goal was ruled after the final whistle.
Dibirov was the best player for Vardar with 10 goals, and Kristopans added seven. The next EHF game for Vardar is at home, against Kiel, on October 12th.